Harry Potter star Daniel Radcliffe has rubbished reports he’s set to play Queen frontman Freddie Mercury in an upcoming biopic being produced by the remaining band members. Radcliffe was rumoured to be starring in the film after Borat star Sacha Baron Cohen left the project.
Earlier this month, reports came out that the producers had offered Radcliffe the role, who needed only to accept part, with one source saying “Daniel has been told the part is his if he wants it. Despite his youth, Daniel impressed movie bosses with his portrayal of gay poet Allen Ginsburg in this year’s movie Kill Your Darlings. Plus, he’s closer in height to Freddie than Sacha, who’s much taller. Daniel can really sing, too.”
Baron Cohen was removed from the picture after a disagreement with Queen members, who have script and director approval. Now Radcliffe has distanced himself from the picture, telling Empire magazine “Everyone on the internet who I presume is saying I’m totally wrong for that part is correct. I am completely wrong for that part!”
Earlier this week, Queen drummer Roger Taylor implied that the film may not be happening at all, saying “I thought the music business was slow, but this has been like swimming in treacle. We need to step back now.”